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Pay Audit

Volume 406: debated on Monday 9 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made on completing a pay audit in his Department and its non-departmental public bodies to measure any disadvantage in terms of remuneration for (a) women, (b) ethnic minorities and (c) people with disabilities; and if he will publish the results of such an audit. [117438]

An equal pay audit, examining remuneration between men and women in the FCO, was completed earlier this year by an external consultant. Once we have concluded discussion with Cabinet Office on the action plan, we will place a copy of the action plan in the Library of the House. We intend to undertake similar audits to examine pay of minority ethnic staff and staff with disabilities.The British Council has also completed an equal pay audit which covered gender, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.